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Stadium Project Updates

Stadium development news that grabbed our attention over the last week:

  • BAM appointed contractor for Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena (NIA) redevelopment
  • Sunderland to further develop around Stadium of Light
  • Watford FC and Lindley Venue Catering seal £18m deal
  • Qatar 2022 World Cup Updates

BAM Construction Ltd will commence work on the £26m redevelopment of Birmingham’s NIA. The transformation of the NIA will provide an improved and enhanced experience – the next generation of arena – to promoters, artists, visitors and the city of Birmingham.

The most dramatic element will be a new glass-fronted façade and Front of House Showcase straight from Brindleyplace into the arena, creating a dynamic arrival for visitors and adding 5,926 meters squared of pre/post show space into the 13,437 meters squared of redevelopment. Iconic ‘Sky Needles’ on top of the NIA will add to the skyline of Birmingham and light up at night.

To read a more detailed report on the NIA contract please click here

Sunderland City Council is further developing the Stadium Park site around the Stadium of Light, Sunderland FC’s home ground. The Hilton hotel group will build a hotel on the site, which attracts visitors to football matches and concerts.

Councillor Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “This is a very exciting development for Sunderland and a statement of confidence in our city and its future, by arguably the most famous hotel chain in the world.

Having such a quality hotel on Stadium Park will have a tangible economic impact on our city, and particularly its city centre”

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Watford FC and Lindley Venue Catering have signed a new £18 million deal to extend the caterer’s original five-year contract at Vicarage Road. Lindley Venue Catering will be responsible for overseeing the design and installation of new kitchens and two floors of new hospitality facilities. The top floor, which will provide great pitch-side viewing, will feature a casual, informal dining area equipped with LCD screens giving it the ambience of a premium sports bar.

Jonathan Davies, The Lindley Group’s Sales & Marketing Director, added: “We could see a number of opportunities for the club to create a unique offering and with the financial backing and support of our new American owners – Centerplate – we were prepared to invest in the infrastructure of the stadium as part of a long-term partnership.

Please click here to read more from Watford FC’s Club Journalist

Qatar 2022 have appointed KEO International as the lead project manager and design consultant for the first of its World Cup 2022 stadiums. Whilst AECOM have won a contract to provide design consultancy and construction supervision services for the Al Wakrah Stadium (pictured top left) and Precinct for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™

For more on KEO please click here and to read the full press release from AECOM please click here